Leslassa Armour-Shillingford

Introducing Leslassa Armour-Shillingford

Introducing Leslassa Armour-Shillingford

Craig Bellot:  Welcome everyone to another episode of NuMusicZoneTV. I’m Craig Bellot your host. And today we’ll going to be speaking with Leslassa Armour-Shillingford, contestant in this year’s Miss Dominica competition. We’ll going to be speaking with her about her interests, hobbies and what she attends to get-on on this competition. We’re going to really get to know her.

Craig Bellot:  Leslassa tell us a little bit about your background and how you grew up.

Leslassa Armour-Shillingford:       Well, I grew up in Dominica for the first nine (9) years of my life. And then in Barbados for a little time as well as St. Vincent and Canada. But I’ve been back for the past year working at Pioneer School as well as at the Anchorage Hotel. And I’m going to be working at the Old Mero in January.

Craig Bellot:  Alright, Great. So tell us what really inspired you to go up into this competition.

Leslassa Armour-Shillingford:       Well my last year in college. I was thinking what do I really want to do with my life and I haven’t figure out it that yet. So I always thought I will going to do it that year.  And I was looking in to different ways like Costa Rica and different developing countries to see how can I help them out. And I thought why not just come back into my own country and help out here. And I came back I was doing different stuff with the blood bank and things like that. And I heard about the Queen Show Competition thinking that it was just a Carnival competition but learning more about it I found out how important is on how on becoming an ambassador for the country and what a great way to make a change to let your voice be heard. So, at the end of this I hope that I can make to some positive change in Dominica.

Craig Bellot:  Great, so tell us one big change you can make in Dominica. Tell us what that would be.

Leslassa Armour-Shillingford:       Well, it would be to do it my platform which is solacing education. And the change I really want to see be made is with the curriculums in our school. It’s so important to include the arts and sports until like all the children know that whatever passion they find, they should just try to excel at it. And by giving them the opportunity to try all these different areas they can just find their passion. So my change would be to incorporate all sports that we can offer and as many different arts as we can into the curriculum as well as including philosophy and stuff like that so that everyone can understand why they’re doing what they’re doing

Craig Bellot:  Leslassa what’s one thing you pride yourself on? One thing you think that would bring you through as the winner of this competition.

Leslassa Armour-Shillingford:       Well, what I really pride myself on with myself on this is my ability. To really look at all different prospective in the situation, so I try no matter what challenge I face. I try to look at how the other person will see how I see, all these different areas to really come to a really sound contingent. And I think feedback can help in any situation and in this competition it’s important because you can find out more of your weaknesses this way. So when somebody gives you feedback you understand what they meant by. You will focus on it and I mean that can help you anyway.

Craig Bellot:  Well definitely. So you say you wanted to become a winner of Miss Dominica 2013, what are some other things that you like about Dominica?

Leslassa Armour-Shillingford:       Well, Of Course our Sperm Whales I think are such a great attraction coz how many people like how many different countries I mean can say that they have lots of Sperm Whales coming in their waters. That’s something that I want to promote, as well as just everything natural that we have to offer. I really believe that Dominica can be number one eco-tourism spot in the world. We have our springs to offer. We have so much nature and people coming and they just breathe in the air and they feel happier. And we really need to market that.

Craig Bellot: So tell us something you do in Dominica to relax, to wine that just all of be yourself.

Leslassa Armour-Shillingford:       Well, I’m a social girl; I love to go hang-out with my friends. When I feel stressed out I just call out the few of my friends. They’ll come over, we’ll chill, we’ll talk, and I’m really about that. And most people know that I love to dance. So that’s another thing. I mean if I can go out of this country and let loose, I’ll definitely do that or even go to the studio. Do a little ballet anything like that, really helps me loose and cool down.*chuckles*

Craig Bellot:  Great! So what’s the one thing you like best about Dominica?

Leslassa Armour-Shillingford:       I would have to say the hot-springs; I love the Hot-Springs. Just go and relaxing.  Screw’s is really my spot. Just can how big the pools are and you can socialize while you’re relaxing. So that would be my number one thing in Dominica.

Craig Bellot:  So Leslassa, Can you tell us about your interest in developing the schools, curriculums including arts and sports. What kind is your passion? Where do you see yourself for the next five years?

Leslassa Armour-Shillingford:       Well in terms of my passion, I’m really passionate about developing country. I think that every country has that unique something to offer and they need to find it. Just like a child needs to find it and then they really excel at it. But another one of my passion is dancing as I’ve mention earlier. So I was definitely good at those. I hope that when I go a way to University I can study Agricultural Economics because that is definitely a way forward. No matter how much technology is around, we still need to make sure that our island is food-secured. But I will be dancing no matter what. *chuckles*

Craig Bellot:  So, tell us something the Agricultural Economics. How does that apply to Dominica?

Leslassa Armour-Shillingford:       Well, our agricultural sector isn’t doing well as it can be. And I think it’s because we’re not truly finding the most efficient way to do it and we’re not targeting the market. We really need to work on those areas and though agriculture in doing the skills in agriculture is very important, that’s based on working on the fields and stuff like that. Whereas, studying in economics and business side of it, where we can create organization to really help these commerce to produce more and get those market. That would really help us.

Craig Bellot:  Leslassa, tell us what will this competition mean to you?

Leslassa Armour-Shillingford:        Well I mean being an ambassador for my country and that’s just a huge deal. It will mean my voice being heard, going out representing the people of Dominica. I mean, what better way to show your picture on zoom other than going out there and just showing what you have to offer. And I hope that will mean a part of that change. I hope that me getting my voice out there and trying to make a change will actually end up doing it.

Craig Bellot:  So far, I’m glad that you’re busy preparing for the competition. What have you learned so far from getting prepared to this competition?

Leslassa Armour-Shillingford:       Well, I’m definitely know how to do my make-up.*chuckles*. I wasn’t making to my make up before. So, that was the skills that I had to you know get. But time management for sure if you know you really up spoils the time management skills. You might just slip under the cracks. Because we get a day before and notice that we have this some others things to do and we have to keep up everything. All your appearances plus practicing all the time doing your question and answer interviews and so much things to keep up with. So, my time management skills have definitely improved from this competition.

Craig Bellot:  Alright guys, Leslassa Armour-Shillingford, contestant in this year Miss Dominica Competition. I wanna thank you for the time, for joining us here in NuMusicZone TV. Were urging you to check out our website, for all the latest, greatest Caribbean music, soca, calypso, dancehall whatever you need, you can get it on

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